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20 August, 2019 01:14:32 AM
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'Three killed' in attack on Turkish convoy

SYRIAN CIVIL WAR
BBC, London
'Three killed' in attack on Turkish convoy
Syria has condemned the convoy as an act of aggression and says it is heading for the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. AFP Photo

A Syrian government air strike aiming to stop a Turkish convoy reaching a rebel-held town in northern Syria has killed three civilians, Turkey alleges.

Another 12 people were injured in the attack in Idlib province on Monday, the Turkish defence ministry said.

Idlib is one of the few areas in Syria not under government control.

Syria has condemned the convoy, which is laden with ammunition. Turkey - which supports the rebels - says the strike violates previous agreements.

The agreement - reached last September between Russia and Turkey - should mean Idlib is protected from a major government offensive.

But in recent weeks government forces have stepped up their assault on the region - the last major anti-Assad stronghold - killing hundreds of civilians and driving hundreds of thousands from their homes.

On Sunday evening a Russian-backed government offensive reached Khan Sheikhoun, the rebel stronghold where the Turkish convoy is headed.

The convoy, which is reportedly made up of armoured vehicles, entered the region on Monday, but the attack has forced it to stop on a highway north of the town.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that Russian aircraft had carried out strikes near a Turkish convoy in northern Syria on the morning of 19 August.

The convoy's arrival has been condemned in Syrian state media as an act of aggression. It said the munitions would not stop government forces "hunting the remnants of terrorists".

EA

 

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